Dallas Mavericks hammered the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco last night. Luka Doncic and the boys won 124-97, pretty much humiliating the home team.
“We are in a tailspin,” said Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr at the press.
Dallas would sweep the Warriors in the season series for the first time since 2003, and combine for 407 points in three games against this rival. In general, the Mavs were looking pretty well at the Chase Center tonight.
“We played good, and were holding the game in our hands from the beginning,” said Boban Marjanovic, following the match. “We played good defense, good offense, we shot the ball, and everybody got minutes tonight because we have back-to-back in Sacramento.”
Bobi used his time pretty well, posting another double-double with 13 points and 11 boards in 20 minutes.
The guests started strong, pouring 36 points in the first period and reaching a 10-point lead after the opening sequence. They would continue in the same manner, and win the second quarter with 29-21, pulling away to 65-47 at the halftime.
A very fascinating fact was that the guests had 30 rebounds in the first halftime, with 17 boards, with the note that the Mavs hit 26 of 47 shots in the opening two quarters. Dwight Powell dropped 15 during that time and was excellent on both ends of the court.
The same applied to the third period when Mavs started with a 9-2 series, forcing Steve Kerr to call for a timeout and to try to wake up his players. For a brief moment, the Warriors cut down the deficit to 15 points, but Dallas immediately responded, closing the third period with a 23-point lead, 94-71.
Early on in the last frame, the guests led 106-77, with the crowd at Chase Center deciding that it was enough, and many hit the exits, although there were still some 10 minutes to be played.
D’Angelo Russell was terrible last night, and the Warriors’ shooting guard scored just 13 points, with an atrocious shooting percentage. He was 5-for-17 from the field, missing all of his six three-pointers. But besides that, D-Lo had 6 turnovers and really left a bad impression. His nine assists were the only bright spot, but the Warriors need him scoring not delivering dimes to other players.
Jordan Poole scored 17 for the home team, and Eric Paschall 16, with these two guys being the only ones who showed a decent resistance to the Mavs. Glen Robinson III had 13, while Alen Smailagic played 12 minutes to score 5 buckets and has three assists.
The Warriors now have nine losses in a row.
“We struggled against stops, but we’re also against the No.1 offense in the league,” said Kerr. “It’s been a tough matchup for us this year,” Steve Kerr stated about the Mavs after the game.
On the other side, Norman Powell had a perfect night with nine hits from the field without a miss, which is his third time while in Dallas to post a game with 100% shooting from the floor. Powell scored 21 points, Luka Doncic had 20 with 8 boards. Tim Hardaway Jr. delivered 12.
The Mavericks (26-15) are playing against Sacramento already tomorrow, and after that, go back home for two very important contests. The first one is against the Portland Trail Blazers, on Friday, and after a few days of rest, Dallas hosts the LA Clippers.
As for Golden State, they have two more matches at home, against the Nuggets this Thursday and Magic on Saturday. GSW is back at the bottom of the league with 9 wins and 33 losses.
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